What is the Lehigh Valley MSBL?
The Lehigh Valley MSBL stands for Men's Baseball League. We had 60 teams and 1,100 players in 2016. We have Divisions for 16 and older as well as 25, 35 and 45. The leagues home is located in Nazareth, PA We are owned and operated by Lehigh Valley Baseball Group, LLC.
What does it cost to join or play?
The league fee to participate in Lehigh Valley Men's Baseball League is $90 paid annually per player (2016 Fee). New players should budget around $200 per season, per team. Some teams have sponsors that help contribute toward your league fees, etc.
When are League games played?
The league plays primarily on Weekends, mostly Sundays. However, makeup games, practice and league events are held on some Saturdays and occasionally during the week. Times can vary based on field availability and other unforeseen issues.
When are Team practices?
Most teams start indoor practices in early spring/winter, then move outdoors as weather permits. Practices are held on Saturdays or Sundays and sometimes during the week during the playoffs at the end of the season. Teams will increase practices at times to prepare for playoffs, tournaments, etc. Most Managers are flexible but expect the large majority of players to practice and play.
What type of bats are used?
Ash, Metal-Wood, Bamboo, Maple, Composite wood bats and wood bats are allowed in Lehigh Valley MSBL games. Only Wood bats are permitted.
Does the league require a Physical to play?
No, however players should be in good physically health to play.
How far do I have to travel to play?
Except for some games in the best divsions, games are played in the Lehigh Valley, PA area. Most fields are within a 20-30 minute drive.
What does a team provide for equipment, jerseys, etc?
Each team is managed differently however, most managers provide a game jersey and hat. Typically you will need your own baseball equipment like bats, gloves, workout equipment and pants
What is the level of competition?
The league has high school and former high school players as well as college players and some semi-pro players in the best divisions. These are players who still have dreams of playing professionally. Other divisions have players at various skill levels and experience. Players are usually placed in the division appropriate with there abilitits and skill level. Pitchers generally throw in the 70s with moderately effective breaking pitches, but some throw fastballs in the 80s and can throw breaking pitches for strikes at will. In general, most teams are competative and have a lot of fun playing and participating in league events.
How many players are in the League?
The League has two Seasons each year, a Spring/Summer Season and a Fall Season. The total number of teams each year averages about 62 and the total number of players is between 1,050 and 1,200.
Can I bring a friend to play?
Players are encouraged to add depth and talent to each team. If you are attending the draft you can bring along as many friends as you like. We cannot guarantee specific placement of each draft player, however you can request to be drafted on the same team and we will assist with your request.
What experience is needed to play?
The league has all types of players including age brackets and Divisions for all player levels and experience. We match players previous experience and talent to the appropriate Division and Team.
Who Umpires the League Games?
The league contracts with an independent and professional umpire organization each season known as the Bethlehem Umpire Association. The BUA is responsible to assign the league games and handles matters related to the training, knowledge and ratings of each umpire for each game.
Can I start my own team in the league?
Yes. We have a New Team Application Form to complete to get the process started. Click on the New Team Application From link to get started.
You'll need the following:
Can I umpire in the league and what does it pay?
Yes. You can make hundreds of dollars per weekend umpiring Adult Baseball Games in our league. When players retire from playing for various reasons but still want to stay involved in baseball, often times they umpire.
If I have additional questions, who can I contact?
Please feel free to send an email to Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.